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02.26.2013
6 mins
MIT Faculty Shorts

Lorna Gibson
Entrepreneurial Spirit, Startups -- Making a Difference at MIT

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02.7.2013
34 mins
ILP Video

Information and Patient Empowerment in Healthcare

Erin M. Johnson
Assistant Professor of Applied Economics
MIT Sloan School of Management
Healthcare markets are plagued by information problems. Patients lack the information to determine the quality of healthcare providers, making it difficult for patients to select high quality care. Upon choosing a provider, patients lack the medical knowledge they’d need to determine the level of care they need. This means that patient demand for healthcare is placed in the hands of the supplier of the service, the physician, with significant implications for health costs and quality.

As information becomes increasingly available to patients, will patients be empowered to improve their health? As report cards and other quality measures are increasingly available, will patients choose better doctors and better hospitals? As patients gain access to webmd.com and mayoclinic.com, will they manage their care better? The research on public provider report cards suggests there will be limited improvement in the sorting of patients to providers. Research on the health behaviors of the most medically informed patients, medical doctors, suggests information can affect treatment, but is unlikely to curb growth in health costs.
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02.7.2013
39 mins
ILP Video

Exercise is Medicine

Edward M. Phillips
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine
Spaulding Rehabiliation Hospital
Director, Outpatient Medical Services
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
Exercise is Medicine is a global initiative promoting physical activity assessment and exercise prescription as essential elements in all clinical encounters. It is a cornerstone of true healthcare reform: Lifestyle Medicine, the rapidly evolving, evidence-based field that addresses the root causes of the majority of death, disease and healthcare costs worldwide: inactivity, overeating, tobacco use and poor resilience to stress.
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02.7.2013
34 mins
ILP Video

Health and Wellness Across a Woman?s Life

Paula Adina Johnson
Chief, Division of Women's Health
Executive Director of the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Improving the health of women should be viewed as a lifelong process, with specific focus at specific times such as the reproductive years, menopause and beyond. Pregnancy can be viewed as a ?stress test? for a woman?s future cardiovascular health and can also be a time for reflection on both the health of the child and the mother. Similarly, menopause provides an opportunity for intervention as significant hormonal shifts occur and overall risk of disease increases. Dr. Johnson will explore the opportunities that the ?lifespan approach to health? offers to women in promoting health.
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02.7.2013
45 mins
ILP Video

Diet and Health and the Potential for Disease Prevention

Walter Willett
Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition
Chair, Department of Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Health
For much of the last 25 years the focus of nutritional advice has been to reduce total fat intake and consume large amounts of carbohydrate. However, this advice was inconsistent with many lines of evidence indicating that unsaturated fats have beneficial metabolic effects and reduce risk of coronary heart disease. More recent evidence has also shown that the large majority of carbohydrates in current industrial diets, consisting of refined starches and sugar, have adverse metabolic effects and increase risks of obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Also, red meat consumption is associated with increased risks of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and total mortality, and replacement of red meat with nuts and legumes is strongly associated with lower risk of these outcomes. Thus, in an optimal diet, most calories would come from a balance of whole grains and plant oils, and proteins would be provided by a mix of nuts, beans, fish, eggs, and poultry. Higher intake of fruits and vegetables (not including potatoes) is associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease, although the benefits for cancer prevention appear to be less than anticipated. A shift from the current US diet to a more optimal way of eating would have a profoundly beneficial effect on health and wellbeing of Americans.
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